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Do you agree with this statement? "Individuals who can quickly and creatively adapt have a competitive advantage, both personally and professionally."

On the constantly changing stage of life and business, applying improvisation-based tenets of collaboration, trust and situational advancement has been proven effective. A growing number of forward thinking organizations are training their employees in the same skills that enable a team of improvisational performers to create an unscripted scene on stage.

Now you can experience the personal and professional benefits of these improv skills through this Meetup group. We conduct 5-week "Improv for Personal and Professional Development" workshops that meet for two hours (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) on Tuesdays in Irvine.

These fun workshops enhance your communication style and improve your unique voice. You'll learn how to leverage the proven benefits of improvisation to boost your creativity and connect confidently with others.

This Meetup group is ideal for:

• All success-minded individuals.

• Entrepreneurs and business owners.

• Professionals working in any size organization.

• Business students and recent college graduates.

• Actors and voice-over pros.

Workshops are led by Lee Godden and Bob Doll, co-founders of Advantage Improv (http://www.advantageimprov.com). Bob and Lee are both professional improvisers and organizational trainers, with extensive executive leadership experience. They travel nationwide, teaching organizations how to leverage an improvisational mindset.

For individuals, improv helps to establish and maintain strong, long-lasting connections. Here are some comments from people who have attended recent IPPD workshops in Irvine:

TESTIMONIALS from our students:

Bob and Lee are such dynamic leaders. The environment they create at Advantage Improv is the perfect mix of fun, delight, challenge, safety and teamwork (not to mention funny British accents).

As a complete beginner to Improv I felt like I was part of the troupe from the onset. The exercises were perfect at connecting the participants and getting us in sync to begin creating improv performances. I learned a lot about myself during the 5-week class. I learned I don't always go all in, but when I do it sets up my teammates for success and we can do anything! I also learned that Improv, like dancing, can be truly amazing when the performers are connected by a sense of reciprocity with each other and their audience. I can't wait for the next class!

Thanks again for an amazing class!

-- Andy

As an Eagle Scout I learned that the Scout’s motto is to “always be prepared.” I am quite good at planning the future and/or living in the past. What I have been wanting, though, is to improve being present. Knowing this about me, no less than three of my friends in one month suggested I take a class in improv to help with this goal. Had to be a sign, right?

Last week I completed 5 weeks of Improv for Personal and Professional Development (IPPD) classes and want to encourage anyone with the same goal to check out Advantage Improv. Bob and Lee developed a program that not only helps you push up and challenge one's comfort zone while also making you feel completely safe. For this reason I also signed up for their NEXT 5-week workshop!

If this sounds like something you would like to try, I highly recommend you visit http://www.advantageimprov.com/ippd-workshop.htm . I was impressed and think you will be as well.

-- Adam

Lee and Bob were awesome! We had a fun time and learned a lot of cool stuff... loved the "Yes, And..." vs. Yes, But..." exercise. Enjoyed meeting everyone and using our minds dynamically together.

-- Joe and Helen

What an incredible class! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and meeting each of you. Thanks Bob & Lee!

-- Jenny

Thank you, Lee & Bob! What a fun class!

-- Joel

Phenomenal energy since the moment I walked into the room.

-- Greg

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please call Lee at (714) 388-6533.

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Five-Week Improv for Personal and Professional Development (IPPD) Workshop

Back Bay Conference Center (above Irvine Lanes)

$197.00

Join us on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 for the first class of our next 5-week "Improv for Personal and Professional Development" workshop series. Each of the five classes runs for two hours (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) on Tuesdays at the Back Bay Conference Center in Irvine. This will be our 27th 5-week IPPD workshop. For student/teacher safety, IPPD workshops will be limited in size, no-touch and nose/mouth covered. New and repeat students LOVE taking these classes. To find out why, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/242678459 The fact is, individuals who can quickly and creatively adapt have a competitive advantage, both personally and professionally. The ability to improvise is a valuable skill, regardless of whether you're a business professional, an actor, an entrepreneur, a voice-over artist, a recent college graduate, or anyone focused on personal success. A growing number of forward thinking organizations (including Advantage Improv customers Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, Cisco and Deloitte) are training their employees in the same skills that enable a team of improvisational performers to create an unscripted scene on stage. Our IPPD workshops are a fun and challenging way to enhance your communication style and discover your unique voice. Improvisers tap into their native creativity, which helps with presentation skills. You'll learn how to connect confidently with others on the constantly changing stage of life, love and business. Two highly-experienced improvisation teachers will lead this workshop. (All students should be age 18+.) Tuesday, October 13, 2020 is graduation night, when you'll receive a personalized Certificate of Graduation in Improv for Personal and Professional Development. (Employers like to see "completed applied improvisation workshop" on resumes.) Seats are limited and these 5-week workshops DO sell out. We encourage you to enroll ASAP. Enter early-bird promo code "earlybird100" https://www.advantageimprov.com/ippd-workshop.htm to reduce regular $297 enrollment fee to $197. Questions? Contact the organizer (Lee) via email, phone or text: • [masked] • (714)[masked] TESTIMONIALS from our students: “The environment in this Advantage Improv workshop is the perfect mix of fun, delight, challenge, safety and teamwork (not to mention funny British accents). I learned that improv, like dancing, can be truly amazing when the performers are connected by a sense of reciprocity with each other and their audience. I can't wait for the next class!” -- Andy “If you're naturally introverted but wish you could be more outgoing, you will find no better cure than attending an IPPD workshop. Bob and Lee are fantastic instructors that go above and beyond with each student. They encourage you to step outside your comfort zone while providing the utmost support. These classes are just plain fun. Can't forget to mention that it's an AMAZING value. You're not going to find this high quality of instruction (even in the improv mecca of L.A.) for such a deal. I recommend you sign up quickly before they figure it out...” -- Phillip “I have learned so much more about connecting positively with others through this IPPD workshop... mostly being present and actually listening to others. There's never a dull moment in class. It's super fun!" -- Tami "We had a fun time and learned a lot of cool stuff." -- Joe and Helen

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Five-Week Improv for Personal and Professional Development (IPPD) Workshop

Back Bay Conference Center (above Irvine Lanes)

$10.00

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